Born in London in 1963, Ramin attended ten schools on three different continents. He studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic History at Oxford University. In 1990 he joined the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme at Liverpool Playhouse for four years.
During the 90s he focussed on directing new plays by Paul Godfrey, Jon Fosse, Denise Chalem and Gregory Motton in Liverpool, London (Gate and Battersea Arts Centre) and Paris (Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe, Théâtre National de Gennevilliers).
From 2000-09 he worked at the Royal Court, first as
International Associate with Elyse Dodgson and from
2005 as Associate Director under Ian Rickson and then Dominic Cooke.
He directed more than 15 premieres by Vassily Sigarev, the Presnyakov Brothers, Martin Crimp, Mark Ravenhill, Marius von Mayenburg, Juan Mayorga, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Meredith Oakes, Marina Carr and Simon Stephens.
From 2010-18 Ramin was Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company: David Greig’s The Events (Traverse Fringe First, Guardian Best Play 2013, Young Vic, New York Theatre Workshop), Ivan Viripaev’s Illusions, Sarah Kane’s Crave, Marius von Mayenburg’s Martyr, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon and Winter Solstice and Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women (Young Vic, Royal Lyceum, Dublin Theatre Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival, Observer Play of the Year 2017).
Opera includes: Beat Furrer’s La Bianca Notte (world premiere), Brett Dean’s Bliss (European premiere) and Death in Venice for Hamburg Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien. Most recently he directed Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest for the Royal Opera House, transferred to the Barbican and Lincoln Center.
International directing credits include: The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg at Praktika, Moscow (Best Director at Perm Textura Festival); Constellations by Nick Payne in Denmark, Austria and Switzerland; Harper Regan by Simon Stephens at the Salzburg Festival and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg. The Events by David Greig in Austria (Nestroy for Best Play), Norway, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Belgium.
Future plans include Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Gogol Centre, Moscow with acclaimed Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova.